E Street Cinema
Writer/director Gus Van Sant (Drugstore Cowboy, My Own Private Idaho) continues his exploration of alienated youth in the freewheeling style of his recent Palme d’Or winner Elephant and Last Days. Through a non-linear structure that slots together like a puzzle, Van Sant reveals the panicked mindset of a boy under great stress. Inarticulate teen skateboard punk Alex (Gabe Nevins) is somehow involved in the death of a security guard in a railway yard near the makeshift skateboarding zone the kids call Paranoid Park. But what crime did he commit, if any? The fluid camera work of Christopher Doyle (In the Mood For Love) weaves an intimate, mesmerizing atmosphere, contrasting gorgeous 35mm images with Super 8 skateboarding sequences. Based on the novel by Blake Nelson.
Paranoid Park opens exclusively at E Street on Friday, March 21.
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